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by LikesShinyThings
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Ladies
Topic: Conceal methods for women
Replies: 32
Views: 6877

Re: Conceal methods for women

CompVest wrote:
Divided Attention wrote:I have discovered the joy of underarmor type undershirts. Don't know where they have been all my life!

I am very shortwaisted! However I am "blessed" in other areas, I do believe this helps with the concealement somewhat - I carry IWB at about 1-1:30 or 11-ish cross draw. Can carry all day and is very comfortable for me. Felt huge at first, but I can tuck no problem and don't have to have an extra cover garment - I do go untucked often because I am not a "svelt" as I used to be, so it hides a multitude... if you will.

JMPHO
I know DA. She is being hard on herself. She looks great! Her comments and suggestions are spot on.

I would suggest you check the Comp-tac line of holsters. They have several styles.
:-) Not uncommon for women in general - my experience is we tend to be harder on ourselves in expectation for appearance than we need to be. I *know* I'm in pretty good shape, but I also feel I need to lose another 5-10 lbs. And I'm also carrying a little bit of a paunch (it WILL affect IWB carry), though I know nobody else would even notice said paunch/bulge.

Thanks for the suggestion on Comp-tac. I'll definitely look into them.
by LikesShinyThings
Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Ladies
Topic: Conceal methods for women
Replies: 32
Views: 6877

Re: Conceal methods for women

Divided Attention wrote:I have discovered the joy of underarmor type undershirts. Don't know where they have been all my life!

I am very shortwaisted! However I am "blessed" in other areas, I do believe this helps with the concealement somewhat - I carry IWB at about 1-1:30 or 11-ish cross draw. Can carry all day and is very comfortable for me. Felt huge at first, but I can tuck no problem and don't have to have an extra cover garment - I do go untucked often because I am not a "svelt" as I used to be, so it hides a multitude... if you will.

JMPHO
Thanks for the info. I'll have to try some of the underarmor undershirts.

Great idea for the 1-1:30/11:00 wear ideas. That should move the butt out of my ribs. Do you have a particular holster maker you like?
by LikesShinyThings
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Ladies
Topic: Conceal methods for women
Replies: 32
Views: 6877

Re: Conceal methods for women

Hope this is appropriate for inclusion in this thread. I don't really have answers as much as I do questions.

I have resorted to purse and fanny-pack carry. Not that I prefer these methods, but because I feel I have limited options. I would love to come up with something for consistent on body carry, but run into these complications:
1) OWB - fine in winter, when I double up shirt layers. But in the summer I go down to one layer, and I have been a habitual shirt-tucker for so many years that my pants/belt feel uncomfortable (forget about the feel of the gun) without a shirt between them and me. That means, in order to be legal and "comfortable", I have to sweat like crazy, and look funny wearing shorts, tshirt (tucked), and cover shirt (untucked).
2) SmartCarry - tried it, but ran into a problem: Short torso, high waistline (and beltline on waistline). The SmartCarry naturally positioned low, and then my pants and belt came way above the top of the butt of the gun (multiple inches) - meaning access to gun in emergency would be very difficult. I suppose that's better than being unarmed, but definitely sub-optimal in my mind.
3) IWB - well, first I still have the short torso, high waistline issue. My belt rides on that high waistline, and if I carry forward of the hip (say at 2:30), the butt is going to be impossibly jammed into my ribs. Although I guess I presumed that's where I would carry. Why I didn't think of the 3:00 position I use with OWB, I don't know.

Has anybody else had similar complications/quandaries? How did you overcome them?

Additionally, I guess I have a couple basic concerns about IWB (presuming I get a tuckable holster, or just forgo tucking entirely). First is that the holster/gun will be uncomfortable against my skin. What have others who IWB carry found with this? My second concern is sweat - I am concerned about the potential damage to my firearm from sweating on it while carrying IWB, particularly in the 9 months/year of summer we have in Texas. I know I sweat in that area based on my (soaked) clothes upon finishing my daily walks in the summertime - and that's at 9:00am. So summer = sweat in my mind. Am I being overly concerned about my firearms? Or is it legitimate for me to want to avoid sweating on them?

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